What Does It Mean To Be An Insulin Dependent Diabetic?

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"Diabetes" redirects here. For other uses, see Diabetes (disambiguation). Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.[7] Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger.[2] If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications.[2] Acute complications can include diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state, or death.[3] Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.[2] Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.[8] There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:[2] Type 1 DM results from the pancreas's failure to produce enough insulin.[2] This form was previously referred to as "insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (IDDM) or "juvenile diabetes".[2] The cause is unknown.[2] Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly.[2] As the disease progresses a lack of insulin m Continue reading >>

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  1. JodieALee

    I've been diabetic for 2 or 3 years now but only just signed up here. I'm Type 2 and my biggest fear was always becoming Type 1. Mainly because when I was diagnosed I was told by the diabetes nurse that type 2 can be cured if you lose weight and make the changes needed etc. She said i could get off the medication and eventually have the diagnosis taken away. She also said Type 1 is forever end of.
    I've always been told by people that if type 2 gets bad it can become type 1. Recently though i read somewhere that once type 2 always type 2 unless you were wrongly diagnosed as type 2. So now im confused.
    Can anyone help?

  2. Cowboy

    Hi type one and two are very different, you can only become type one if your beta cells in your pancreas are killed off by your own immune system, what causes this isn't clear but definately isn't type two diabetes so type two cannot become type one unless they were destined to be type one regardless of their type two, hmmmm I hope that didn't make your confusion worse
    Everything I've said is just my understanding, I'm not medical

  3. donnellysdogs

    The DSN was basically saying that a T2 can end up on injections.. Thats what they generalise telling patients.
    Details above are good, so won't list more.
    It is true that it is possible
    To end up on injections as a T2 but that does not categorise you as a T1. It just means that you are an insulin dependent T2.
    The correct diet and exercise can reduce or eliminate mmeds for T2's in general but never with a T1.

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